The Golden Knights' president Kerry Bubolz on Thursday announced a new age restriction for fans looking to get an autograph from players at the team's practice facility, City National Arena.
Only fans 14 years old or younger will be allowed to access the players, the team said. In addition to the age limit, camping out near the parking lot to wait for players is no longer allowed.
Bubolz gave this statement Thursday:
It’s a great problem to figure out. All practices for the team are open at City National Arena, we’re always inviting people down. The great news is, a lot of people have shown up. The bad news is, we wanted to make autographs available to all of those folks out there. And we just had some scenarios that were creating a safety issue. And we just had to create a new process.
We started a new process. We want to focus to make sure those kids 14 and under get those first opportunities to get an autograph from our players, so we set that process up. It’s called Chance’s Autograph Zone, for Chance, our mascot. So kids can line up, get an autograph from a player and get right back in line as players come over and get an opportunity to get a one-on-one interaction with that player.
If it’s a lighter attended day with not as many kids, then certainly we’re going to allow some of our other fans, but for us, it’s kids first.
Bubolz said parents have been thankful for the new policy as their kids have better access.
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